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Project Specific Facts

6% of all children in Kenya are orphaned. 2.6 million children (1-17)
  are orphaned out of a total of 40.5 million children living in Kenya.
 (Unicef)

Migration by families searching for food is decreasing enrollment in some
  schools, while exposing children to the risk of child labor, abuse and prostitution.
  (United Nations)

Only 85 percent of children who lost one or both parents were attending school,
  compared to 93 percent of other children. Orphaned and vulnerable children (OVC)
  also tended to start school at a later age and drop out earlier than other children.
  The number of OVC has been continuously rising in Kenya, mainly because of
  the widespread problem of HIV/AIDS.
  (World Bank)

 

Background of Little Drops

Hope for Hope and Little Drops have selected a rural town called Nyahururu in Central Province, Kenya to build the children’s home. Nyahururu is an agricultural hub that grows standard food crops as well as flowers for export markets. This area, which borders the Rift Valley Province, is subject to the same high levels of orphaned and vulnerable children as other parts of rural Kenya, primarily due to HIV/AIDS and other diseases, general poverty, and to a lesser extent the ethnic conflicts associated with the 2008 post-election violence. These factors, combined with everyday living costs rising steadily above the average family’s income, have made the implementation of aid for children a critical necessity. 

Our Plan

To help deal with the issues described above, the Little Drops Home will provide a safe and healthy place where children will be well cared for emotionally and physically. Little Drops has already acquired 5 acres of land in Nyahururu and we are on our way to transforming it into a home for 40 orphaned and needychildren.

A primary education will be available through enrollment at the local school (Priy Primary and Secondary School, Nyahururu, Kenya). However, we need funding to build the home and supplement the day-to-day operational costs, which include food, clothing, medical care, bedding, and education.

Little Drops will employ full- and part-time social workers to act as role models and caregivers. They will address the unique issues of these children. Not only will many of these children be hungry and have no education, but they will also confront such issues as the sudden loss of parents and family members, substance abuse, physical and sexual abuse, HIV infection, post-traumatic stress and attachment disorders. The social workers will conduct group and individual counseling sessions dealing with these issues as well as the transition from adolescence to adulthood.

The Little Drops Children’s Home will be self-sustaining by incorporating farming into its structure. This will help limit recurring expenses and provide occupational work and integration within the community, while at the same time providing a practical education for the older children.

As operations progress, Little Drops will include community counseling and activities that include community and health education, group savings and loans (micro financing), youth life skills counseling, journalism, painting and theater classes, after-school tutoring, plus a sports club. These programs will be implemented to engage many of the youth of Nyahururu, enabling them to broaden their horizons and achieve a brighter future.

 

Children’s Home Infrastructure


  •   (Girls Dorm)- 1,000 sq. ft = $10,000
  •   (Boys Dorm)-1,000 sq. ft.= $10,000
  •   1,000 sq. ft. is enough space for 20-30 children
  •   Staff Quarter- 300 sq. ft. = $3,000
  •   Carpentry Work (beds, tables, etc.)- $4,000
  •   Bathroom/Washroom (3)- $3,000
  •   Kitchen- $2,000
  •   Cooking Supplies- $500
  •   Store Room- $1,000
  •   Fencing- $1,000
  •   Electricity (connection and wiring)- $700
  •   Vehicle- $7,000
  •   Water Supply (connection and piping)- $1,500
  •   Misc. expenses (legal costs, unexpected costs, price fluctuations)- $1,500

 

Children’s Home Farm

  •   Irrigation System (tanks, pump, and drip system)- $2,000
  •   Farming Implements (tools, fertilizers, seeds, tractor hire)- $4,000
  •   Green house (construction for 2)- $3,200